Help me! I’ve never read Judy Blume.

I have a confession. I have never read a Judy Blume novel. As a woman who does girlhood studies, it feels embarrassing–like saying “I’ve never read Hamlet.” But, there it is. My BFF, Emily (who is getting married next weekend (!!!)) was an avid Judy Blume fan so, in my head, I can hear her … Continue reading

Learning from Tami Taylor. Learning from Our Stories.

I was in a relationship with another person (I call him He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named) when the last few episodes of Friday Night Lights aired. I was gripped by the argument between Coach and Tami while he puttered about, not really understanding what I was so invested in, since he hadn’t watched the show before. If you haven’t … Continue reading

Teaching Lolita

How do we teach traumatic subjects without hurting our students, especially when they are so beautifully narrated by the “bad guy”? This week I’m teaching Lolita in my American Literature survey course. Lolita is one of my favorite novels, but it’s also complicated and upsetting and centered on really touchy subject matter. I was both … Continue reading

Summer Reading: Mad Girl’s Love Song

Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted by Andrew Wilson I’ve loved Sylvia Plath’s poetry since high school. And The Bell Jar. OMG, The Bell Jar. In college I even did an informative speech about her relationship with Ted Hughes in which I dressed up like Sylvia. It was also my Halloween … Continue reading